A continuation approach for the capacitated multi-facility weber problem based on nonlinear SOCP reformulation

Jein Shan Chen, Shaohua Pan, Chun Hsu Ko

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We propose a primal-dual continuation approach for the capacitated multi-facility Weber problem (CMFWP) based on its nonlinear second-order cone program (SOCP) reformulation. The main idea of the approach is to reformulate the CMFWP as a nonlinear SOCP with a nonconvex objective function, and then introduce a logarithmic barrier term and a quadratic proximal term into the objective to construct a sequence of convexified subproblems. By this, this class of nondifferentiable and nonconvex optimization problems is converted into the solution of a sequence of nonlinear convex SOCPs. In this paper, we employ the semismooth Newton method proposed in Kanzow et al. (SIAM Journal of Optimization 20:297-320, 2009) to solve the KKT system of the resulting convex SOCPs. Preliminary numerical results are reported for eighteen test instances, which indicate that the continuation approach is promising to find a satisfying suboptimal solution, even a global optimal solution for some test problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-728
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Global Optimization
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 1



  • Capacitated multi-facility Weber problem
  • Nonconvex
  • Nondifferentiable
  • Second-order cone program
  • Semismooth Newton method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Applied Mathematics

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